The Noble Network of Charter Schools
Director of Government and Community Affairs
Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 campuses currently serve over 12,000 students, of whom 98% are minority, 87% are low-income, and 82% are first-generation college goers. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students for success in college. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.
The Director of Government and Community Affairs leads a team in the work to grow the leadership of Noble parents, strengthen community connections and to organize support for Noble’s mission to deliver a high quality public education to students in Chicago.
Work will include (but is not limited to):
- Managing the community organizing team (five direct reports) to meet team-wide mission, vision and goals - including but not limited to constituent contact and running effective parent and community trainings
- Supporting campuses to implement their visions for parent and community engagement (including supporting Parent Advisory Councils, engaging with parents directly etc.)
- Alongside organizing team, finding and engaging new community partnerships to benefit our students and teachers, strengthen existing partnerships.
- In concert with leadership, develop legislative priorities and manage strategy for elected engagement at local, state and federal level to support policy priorities for Noble students and staff.
- In concert with leadership, develop and implement strategy for engagement at Chicago Public Schools board of Education meetings.
- Managing overlap of work with Noble communications team. Collaborate on talking points or other deliverables where appropriate.
- Helping Noble community members prepare to advocate for their students at Chicago Public Schools Board of Education meetings, Springfield legislative meetings or other public hearings.
- Managing external consultant contracts including contract lobbyists, technology services etc.
- Travel: 20-25% (select legislative session dates and parent trips in Springfield and DC as necessary)
The ideal candidate:
- Is passionate about making sure every child in Chicago has access to a great education and is eager to bring people together for that goal.
- Is a strong leader of teams, develops systems, procedures and management practices that clear the way for team members to do their best work.
- Has a service mindset and realizes that the primary purpose of the Noble Support Team is to serve our schools so that teachers and principals can do their best work with students.
- Listens well to build relationships and friendships quickly. Can easily manage and maintain communication with large numbers of contacts.
- Has 3-5+ years experience in organizing, campaign field management or similar.
- Has 3-5+ years experience in Springfield, direct lobbying of legislators and legislative analysis.
- Uses data to set goals, inform practice, manages time and results in highly independent team structure. Is comfortable managing team use of databases and other programs/systems for organizing
- Sees what needs to be done and does it. Works well with teammates and comfortable with improvising and adapting in fast-paced environment.
- Communicates clearly and concisely regardless of audience.
- Has a deep understanding of Chicago education and political landscapes, the work of Noble and the power and potential of our students, families, alumni and teachers. Prior experience working with/in high performing schools a plus.
- Has a BA or equivalent with strong academic record. JD or MPA/MPP a plus.
- This role is full time with a competitive salary and benefits package
- Grow an extensive network of connections with Chicago community leaders, elected officials and amazing Noble parents, students and staff.
- Work with a flexible schedule with diverse and high performing team to make a positive difference for students and families in Chicago.
- Computer, cell phone and other required resources provided.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
The Noble Network of Charter Schools Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.